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9 Home Treatments to Quickly Heal Blisters

They may be hard to prevent, but they're a cinch to heal. Learn how get relief with treatments for your most painful blisters on your feet and elsewhere.

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Prevent a blister with deodorant

Blisters are worsened by moisture and friction, so keeping your feet bone dry can help prevent them from forming. Slide the gel variety around the sides and tops of clean, dry feet before slipping on a new pair of shoes; the deodorant should act as a home remedy to lubricate any problem areas and reduce rubbing. But if you do get one, read on to learn how to use simple home remedies as blister treatment.

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Tent it to protect it


Bandages reduce friction and protect your blister from irritating contact, but how you apply them can affect how to get rid of blisters. Here’s how to use a Band-Aid for blister treatment: Make a mini “tent” by applying the sticky ends of the bandage closer together, with the middle padded part rising slightly over your blister. This home remedy allows the blister to breathe, promoting healing while also protecting it from friction or dirt and debris that could cause infection.

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Soak it in green tea


Green tea has anti-inflammatory properties that aid healing. Here’s how to get rid of blisters with it: First, brew three tea bags in boiling water, then toss in a teaspoon of baking soda (for its antiseptic properties). Allow the brew to cool, then soak your blister in it. You can use gauze to apply the home remedy to the area if the blister is in an area too difficult to soak. Also, if your blister hasn’t popped, you can speed up the healing process by soaking it in warm water to help it soften up and drain the fluid inside. Find out the old-time home remedies we’ve forgotten but need to bring back.

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Dab on apple cider vinegar


Careful, this one may sting! But it’s a blister treatment worth trying, as apple cider vinegar has antibacterial properties that will help prevent a popped blister from becoming infected. If the vinegar home remedy is too painful, try washing the area with hydrogen peroxide and covering with an antibacterial ointment.

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Pop vitamin E


Vitamin E has excellent skin-repairing properties, as it helps skin cells heal quickly and prevents scarring. You can purchase vitamin E oil or creams, or pop open a vitamin E pill and apply the liquid directly to your blistered skin.

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Apply castor oil


Castor oil is a popular home remedy for blister treatment. How to get rid of blisters with it: Apply before you go to bed, and let sit overnight to help your blister dry up and heal. You can mix the castor oil with apple cider vinegar to further aid healing. Don’t miss these other natural remedies that really work.

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Dab on witch hazel


Witch hazel contains astringent tannins that will help to dry out your blister, keeping it clean and helping it heal. Use a clean cotton ball with each application.

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Apply aloe vera gel


Aloe is an anti-inflammatory, so it will help reduce redness and swelling that cause pain. Studies have also proven that aloe is as effective as traditional medicines in healing second- and third-degree burns, making it an excellent home remedy for blisters.

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Let it breathe


Many doctors agree that a blister will heal quicker if it is left uncovered in a clean environment. Remove bandages when you’re at home so your blister has a chance to breathe and dry up. To protect it from infection, apply a thin layer of antibacterial ointment to promote healing. These are the health secrets your hands wish they could tell you.

Originally Published in Reader's Digest